Ramen is the latest food trend with restaurants popping up everywhere serving the utterly delicious noodle bowls loaded with veggies. Ramen can be a very healthy meal for your family too. Treat your family to this quick and easy recipe of fresh cooked (not fried) ramen noodles loaded with fresh veggies, tender chicken, and plenty of flavor. It is the ultimate comfort food with the added benefits of plenty of nutrition.
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Easy & Healthy Chicken Ramen Recipe
This chicken ramen recipe is easy and quick to prepare with a few short cuts from Whole Foods Market 365.
I had no idea ramen could be so quick and easy to prepare until I starting shopping at Whole Foods Market 365 in Akron. I get most of my inspiration by walking through the grocery store for new recipes and often shop the sales ad! My short-cut items are the fresh Zucchini Noodles, Chinese Chicken Ramen Noodles, fresh chicken breasts, and ginger miso dressing.
This recipe contains plenty of fresh vegetables. I use red bell pepper (any pepper would work), carrots, onion, green onion, and a mixture of shitake, portabella, and white mushrooms. This recipe is a great way to get your kids to eat a variety of vegetables. Feel free to substitute with your favorites or what you have in your fridge. Spinach, ginger, snow peas, hot peppers, cabbage, bean sprouts, butternut squash, romaine lettuce, and watercress are also great in ramen.
If you love mushrooms like my family, you’ll enjoy the large selection at Whole Foods Market 365. Any mushroom works well in this ramen recipe.
Lightly saute the vegetables in the pot you’ll use for the soup.
I use 4 cups of Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value Organic Chicken Broth in this recipe. The flavors of chicken and vegetables shine in this ramen recipe. If you decide to cut this recipe down, you can save the rest of the broth for later since it is a re-closable carton.
Next to the produce section at Whole Foods Market 365 are large glass cases with plenty of delicious prepare foods and made-ahead prep items like these zucchini noodles. If you want to grab a quick lunch for your or your kids for school, pick up wraps, salads, veggies, protein snacks, and more here!
The zucchini noodles in this case are a huge time-saver in preparing this ramen recipe. They also have summer squash noodles that would be equally good in this recipe.
First, I saute the zucchini noodles. Then add broth mixture of water and the seasoning packets from the One Culture Foods packs to soften the noodles. The zucchini noodles really soak up the flavor.
The biggest thing that I like about Whole Foods Market 365 is that I don’t have to read labels – I know that everything there contains no artificial colors or flavors, no artificial preservatives, no hydrogenated fats, no artificial sweeteners and everything is of the highest quality. The inspiration for this recipe comes from One Culture Foods ramen noodle cups. Yay! I tried them first as-is for a quick lunch and came up with the idea of turning it into a full ramen bowl experience. I love that I can serve my family ramen noodles and still be healthy! One Culture ramen are fresh cooked (never fried) noodles with natural seasonings, and real liquid bone broth reduction (not the fake powdered stuff you get with those unhealthy, cheap ramen packets). Their products are MSG-free, cholesterol-free, and have no artificial flavors or preservatives. This ramen bowl is great for a quick lunch as-is but I like it most as a short cut for my family-size ramen bowl! I use 4 packs to make this recipe that serves 8-10. If you want a spicier ramen bowl, try their Japanese Spicy Ramen instead of the Chinese Chicken Noodle in this recipe.
I add the ramen to the zucchini noodles to warm for the last few minutes before serving.
Another short-cut and star of this recipe is the Whole Foods Market 365 Air Chilled chicken. This chicken actually cooks quicker than traditional chicken while providing tender succulent pieces of chicken to any recipe. This is a special type of chicken at Whole Foods Market that is processed with water, this makes the chicken quicker to cook and keeps the natural flavor of the bird locked inside. The tender pieces are really good in this ramen recipe and perfect for quick dinners of all kinds.
Choose between Whole Foods Market Air Chilled breasts, thighs, wings, drums and tenderloins for any recipe. This product is under their strict standards of their 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rated so you know you are feeding your family the best.
My family loves this Ginger Miso Dressing. It is located in the glass cases by the Sushi at Whole Foods Market 365, I haven’t seen it at any other store. We are using this mild and sweet tasting Ginger Miso Dressing as a marinade in this recipe however, it is fabulous over steamed vegetables, potatoes and pasta as well. Another great product from Whole Foods Market 365 for this recipe is the Siete Family Foods Hot Sauce – be sure to pick up a bottle. Both their Traditional or Habanero Hot Sauce are tasty in this recipe.
This Easy & Healthy Chicken Ramen recipe is so quick and easy to make but looks amazing when served! The most time spent on this recipe is chopping up a few vegetables. Otherwise, you are just sauteing vegetables and chicken and warming up the rest in broth.
If you really want to treat your family to a special weeknight dinner without the hassle, serve my Easy Raspberry Ganache 2 Bite Brownies for dessert. This recipe takes 5 minutes to make!
Above is how I serve this ramen bowl to my family when I first prepare this recipe – they love how fancy it looks, just like at a noodle bar restaurant. However, the below pot is what the recipe looks like once everything is mixed together for seconds and leftovers. It is just as tasty!
This recipe is for 10 servings, maybe a little more depending on your appetite ans size of your bowls! If you prefer not having leftovers (which I can’t imagine), you can easily cut this recipe in half. Just change the serving size in the actual recipe above and it will automatically change ingredient portions.
This Easy & Healthy Chicken Ramen recipe is perfect to send to school in a thermos for your child’s lunch – or to work for you! I can’t think of a healthier, more nutrient and vitamin-rich school lunch, can you?!
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I hope your family loves this ramen recipe as much as my family does. Let me know when you make it and if you add in any extra vegetables, I’d love to see and try! your ramen creations too!